Materials Engineer Salary in Sector of Manufacturing

The salary statistics of materials engineers in the industry sector of manufacturing are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare materials engineer salaries in different industries within the manufacturing sector.

Average Annual Salary of Materials Engineers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$58,230
25th Percentile Wage
$72,730
50th Percentile Wage
$94,520
75th Percentile Wage
$122,650
90th Percentile Wage
$151,010

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for materials engineers in the industry sector of manufacturing. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) materials engineers is $151,010. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $94,520. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid materials engineers is $58,230.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of materials engineers in the industry sector of manufacturing from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$94,520
2.29% 10.79%
2016
$92,360
0.96% -
2015
$91,470
5.83% -
2014
$86,140
-1.28% -
2013
$87,240
3.35% -
2012
$84,320
- -

Compare Materials Engineer Salary in Different Industries within the Manufacturing Sector

The average salaries of materials engineers in 73 industries in the manufacturing sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for materials engineer occupations is the computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing industry with an annual salary $115,720. The lowest paying industry is the motor vehicle body and trailer manufacturing industry (annual salary $63,840). For detailed materials engineer salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$115,720
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$115,470
Machinery Manufacturing
$110,480
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$110,410
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$109,520
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$109,180
Machinery Manufacturing
$107,130
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$103,810
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$103,800
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$103,160
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$102,620
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$102,020
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$102,020
Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$98,700
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$97,890
Chemical Manufacturing
$95,250
Chemical Manufacturing
$94,920
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$94,620
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$94,590
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
$93,330
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
$92,910
Chemical Manufacturing
$92,510
Paper Manufacturing
$89,910
Ship and Boat Building
$89,490
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$88,910
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$88,670
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$88,050
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$87,840
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
$85,870
Hardware Manufacturing
$84,950
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$84,160
Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$83,920
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
$83,190
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing
$82,950
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$82,680
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$82,310
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$81,910
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$81,130
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$80,140
Plastics Product Manufacturing
$80,060
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing
$79,940
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$79,930
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
$79,760
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$79,640
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$79,580
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
$79,540
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
$79,470
Primary Metal Manufacturing
$79,430
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel
$79,160
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$78,830
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$78,550
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$78,510
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
$78,160
Foundries
$78,100
Fabric Mills
$77,850
Textile Mills
$77,300
Forging and Stamping
$76,720
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$76,710
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$76,300
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$74,840
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
$74,730
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
$74,440
Rubber Product Manufacturing
$74,370
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$74,330
Food Manufacturing
$73,680
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$73,610
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
$73,170
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
$72,890
Machine Shops
$72,190
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
$69,630
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
$69,110
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing
$66,020
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing
$63,840

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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